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2015: 30 gig salute

I like to think I put the effort into checking out new stuff. However, in terms of this years stellar gigs, it would appear the old guard have stepped it up more energetically than the young chancers. Prolapse, reforming after 16 years having initially formed in 1991, top this year’s list for a start.

Elsewhere Neneh Cherry, Johnny Marr and Public Enemy date back to the early 1980’s, then also AC/DC, Death and Wire (as well as Charles Hayward  of Anonymous Bash and Ted Milton of Blurt) to the 1970’s. John French of The Magic Band comes to you in a plain brown wrapper from the mid-60’s, and we even have The Sonics, who first saw action not long after the 1950’s important work had been completed. Meanwhile, amongst F-F-S, of course, is ashen-faced Ron Mael, 70.

Not as cutting edge as I’d perhaps hope, hurtling as I am towards forty and some form of musical mid-life crisis. Potentially evidence of this panicked need for contemporary relevance is my selection of Murkage, a young grime act at #2. A genre I know precious little about but I was genuinely taken aback by their energy and their attack, blowing the roof off the bijou Jagermeister shed at Field Day.

Nonetheless the high of seeing Prolapse in a red hot sold out room, showing absolutely no signs of reticence or rustiness after disbanding in 1999, topped all else.

All photos are by Dave Nicholls (2015). Please feel free to use these pictures but a credit as such.

1: Prolapse
Dalston Victoria (May)

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2: Murkage
Field Day @ Victoria Park (June)

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3: F-F-S (Franz Ferdinand & Sparks)
Kentish Town Forum (September)

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4: Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine
Brighton Prince Albert (January)

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5: White Fence
Brighton Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (January)

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6: Future Islands
Camden Roundhouse (March)

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7: Death
London 100 Club (December)

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8: Wire
Manchester Academy 3 (April)

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9: Basement Jaxx
Southsea Victorious Festival (August)

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10: John Grant
Rough Trade East (October)


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11: Anonymous Bash
Dalston Café OTO (February)

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12: The Sonics
New York Irving Plaza (April)

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13: AC/DC
Wembley Stadium (July)

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14: Public Enemy
Rough Trade East (July)

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15: The Magic Band
Chelsea Under the Bridge (November)

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16: Johnny Marr
Southsea Victorious Festival (August)

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17: The Ex Hex
Rough Trade East (February)

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18: A Genuine Coming Together perform ‘Music For People Who Like Art’
London Ambika P3 (December)

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19: Therapy?
Camden Electric Ballroom (December)

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20: Vuelveteloca
Shacklewell Arms (September)

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21: Radar Men From The Moon
Shacklewell Arms (March)

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22: Golden Teacher
Dalston Birthdays (May)

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23: Pond
Rough Trade East (February)

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24: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Manchester Sound Control (July)

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25: Ulrich Schnauss
Hackney Oslo (February)

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26: Blurt
Islington Lexington (October)

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27: Jane Weaver
Field Day @ Victoria Park (June)

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28: Lower Dens
Brighton Green Door Store (May)

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29: Petite Noir
Rough Trade East (September)

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30: La Hell Gang
Shacklewell Arms (March)

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other song ‘highlights’ from the year’s giggingDSC01235 (546x800)

Arch Garrison, The Oldest Road (Westminster Kingsway College)
Bamboo, Islands (Dalston Birthdays)
Billy Bragg, Must I Paint You A Picture (Rough Trade East)
Brix & The Extricated, 2×4 (Leeds Brudenell Social Club)
Bryan Ferry, Avonmore (Portsmouth Guildhall)
Calvin Johnson, Selector Dub Narcotic (Rough Trade East)
Gwenno, Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki (Manchester Soup Kitchen)
Ibibio Sound Machine, Let’s Dance (Yak Inek Unek) (Green Man presents Courtyard 2015 @ Lewis Cubitt Square)
Jagaara, Marble Arch (Field Day @ Victoria Park)
Larry Gus, Nazgonya (Paper Spike) (Rough Trade East)
Napalm Death, Suffer The Children (Kentish Town Forum)
Rae Morris, Love Again (Rough Trade East)
Todd Terje & The Olsens, Delorean Dynamite (Field Day @ Victoria Park)
You’re Smiling Now But We’ll All Turn Into Demons, Seya (Shacklewell Arms)

All Our Yesterdays – The Top 5’s

2014
1: Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine @ Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
2: Human Hair @ Soho Madame JoJos
3: Gallon Drunk @ Islington Lexington
4: Gene Clark No Other Band @ End of the Road Festival
5: Thee Oh Sees @ Shoreditch Ace Hotel
(full list)

2013
1: Thee Oh Sees @ Liverpool Kazimier
2: White Fence @ Tufnell Park Dome/Pontins Camber Sands (ATP)
3: Michael Rother @ Wrexham Central Station
4: Do Make Say Think @ Victoria Park (Field Day)
5: The Pop Group @ Pontins Camber Sands (ATP)
(full list)

2012
1: Boredoms @ Minehead Butlins (ATP)
2: Thee Oh Sees @ Stockholm Hornstull Strand
3: Mike Watt & George Hurley play the songs of The Minutemen @ Minehead Butlins (ATP)
4: The Ex & Brass Unbound @ Pontins Camber Sands (ATP)
5: Group Doueh @ Minehead Butlins (ATP)
(full list)

2011
1=: King Creosote & Jon Hopkins @ Union Chapel
1=: Nisennenmondai @ Kentish Town Forum
3: The Magic Band @ Nottingham Rescue Rooms (et al)
4: Gaggle @ Rough Trade East
5: Kap Bambino @ Krems Messangelände
(full list)

2010
1: tUnE-yArDs @ Shoreditch Cargo.
2: Low @ Barcelona Parc del Forum (Primavera Sound)
3: The Fall @ Barcelona Parc del Forum (Primavera Sound)
4: Edwyn Collins @ Bowlie II (ATP)
5: The Hidden Cameras @ Shoreditch St Leonards Church
(full list)

2009
1: Amiina @ Shoreditch St Leonards Church
2: Transglobal Underground @ Shoreditch Rich Mix
3: Future Islands @ University of London Union
4: Veronica Falls @ Spitalfields Rough Trade East
5: Pet Shop Boys @ Greenwich O2
(full list)

2008
1: Tilting & Drifting: The Songs Of Scott Walker @ Barbican Theatre
2: Danananananakroyd @ Islington Lexington
3: The B-52’s @ Camden Roundhouse
4: Killing Joke @ Kentish Town Forum
5: Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire @ Dalston Barden’s Boudoir

2007
1: Carla Bozulich @ Spitalfields The Spitz
2: The Fall @ Hammersmith Palais
3: Rarely Seen Above Ground @ Whitechapel Art Gallery
4: Tim Ten Yen @ Brixton Windmill
5: Yndi Halda @ London Blow Up Metro

2006
1: Cardiacs @ London Astoria
2: Shitdisco @ Liverpool Barfly
3: Only Son @ Liverpool Carling Academy 2
4: Stuffy/The Fuses @ Herne Hill Half Moon
5: Gogol Bordello @ Manchester Academy 2

2005
1: The Magic Band @ Liverpool Carling Academy 2
2: Architecture In Helsinki @ Liverpool Barfly
3: Schwervon @ Liverpool Zanzibar
4: Cranebuilders @ Liverpool Carling Academy 2
5: Thee More Shallows @ Liverpool Hev’n & Hell

2004
1: Charlie Parr @ Leeds Packhorse
2: Soweto Gospel Choir @ Edinburgh St Georges West
3: The Magic Band @ Highbury Garage
4: Nina Nastasia with Huun-Huur-Tu @ Leeds City Varieties
5: Kid Carpet @ Liverpool Barfly

2003
1: Low @ Islington Union Chapel
2: Jeffrey Lewis @ Leeds Royal Park Cellars
3: Olympic Lifts @ Southampton Joiners
4: The Kills @ Southampton Joiners
5: Melt Banana @ Liverpool Magnet

2002
1: The White Stripes @ Leeds Festival
2: Cardiacs @ London Astoria
3: The Polyphonic Spree @ Leeds Festival
4: Motel @ Portsmouth Horseshoe
5: Nina Nastasia @ Spitalfields The Spitz

2001
1: Cardiacs @ London Astoria
2: Lonnie Donegan @ Guildford Festival
3: The Monsoon Bassoon @ Highbury Garage
4: Muse @ Portsmouth Guildhall
5: Ed Harcourt @ Guildford Festival

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Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation

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Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
Shacklewell Arms. 18nov15.

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Blurt

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Blurt
The Lexington. 21oct15.

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Ibibio Sound Machine

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Ibibio Sound Machine
Green Man presents Courtyard. Lewis Cubitt Square. 11sep15.

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The Pre New

The Pre New
Heavenly Social. 17 July 15.

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Public Enemy

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Public Enemy
Rough Trade East. 13 July 15.

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Murkage

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Murkage
Field Day @ Victoria Park. 06 june 15.

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Prolapse

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Prolapse
Dalston Victoria. 29 May 15.

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Golden Teacher

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Golden Teacher
Dalston Birthdays. 26 May 15.

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Lower Dens

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Lower Dens
Brighton Green Door Store. 9 May 15.

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